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mudshark

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CB Radio Install & Antenna
« on: June 14, 2016, 01:39:51 PM »
Hi All
Getting ready to install a CB.
I have a Cobra 29 LX and I am looking at a Firestik antenna. Amazon has an FS3-B with a tuneable tip, 650 watts. But it doesn't mention NGP. Would this work?
Thanks

Jim Godward

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Re: CB Radio Install & Antenna
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2016, 02:09:52 PM »
I just checked this antenna nd saw nothing related to no ground plane and in one article there was a caution about ground plane installation so I suspect a ground plan is needed for this antenna.  For RV use I recommend a no ground plane antenna as it is much easier to find an installation point and generally works as well as a grounded one.

Here are 2 antennas that should work well, Firestik NGP 3-Way Mount CB Antenna Kit, Firestik NGP Side Mount CB Antenna Kit.  There are many others but I happen to like Firestik products based on past experience.
Jim
Jim & Pat Godward
AC7PO & KD7ZDM
Hillsboro, Oregon

mudshark

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Re: CB Radio Install & Antenna
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2016, 07:27:17 PM »
Thanks Jim
I will check those out.
Jim

John From Detroit

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Re: CB Radio Install & Antenna
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2016, 09:35:29 AM »
Firestick makes bot GP and NGP antennas... (NOTE an NGP will work with or without) I'd make sure it's an NGP.

NOTE: Most better truck stops carry them, you can walk out today.

Mine (phictured in another thread) is a competitor's NGP, works well, I'm sure the firestick NGP (I think they make two of those, one longer) The longer one shoudl work as well or better than mine.

Of course I don't use CB that much..... I push 100 watts into 50 feet of wire (or more depending on where I'm parked) on 80 or 40 meters Ham Bands.. Way nicer.

But I use CB on the freeway.
Nothing adds excitement like something that is none of your business
My Home is where I park it.

mudshark

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Re: CB Radio Install & Antenna
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2016, 11:59:11 AM »
I have the Firestik NGP 3-Way Mount CB Antenna Kit on its way to me. I believe it says it is tuneable by twisting the end.
How do I do that? Do I need an SWR meter?

Jim Godward

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Re: CB Radio Install & Antenna
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2016, 12:25:09 PM »
I have the Firestik NGP 3-Way Mount CB Antenna Kit on its way to me. I believe it says it is tuneable by twisting the end.
How do I do that? Do I need an SWR meter?

Yes, you will either need your own or find someone, a Ham Radio person for example, that will help.  It is a lot easier with 2 people but one can do it.
Jim
Jim & Pat Godward
AC7PO & KD7ZDM
Hillsboro, Oregon

mudshark

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Re: CB Radio Install & Antenna
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2016, 05:52:56 AM »
I have the antenna and I had to order a different mount. I also have an SWR meter on its way.
I would like to mount it on the driver's side but there is a radio antenna there. Will they interfere with each other? Or should I mount the CB antenna on the passenger side?

jubileee

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Re: CB Radio Install & Antenna
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2016, 09:16:18 AM »
My peterbilt uses same antennas for CB and am/fm radio from factory. Thought they were special antennas, broke one, put on fire sticks, no problems.

 

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